There are so many different kinds of products for tick protection and flea control that it can be overwhelming. Not only are there different brands but there are different application methods as well. So how do you know which one is right for you and your pet?
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The best way to find the right tick protection and flea control for your pet and your specific needs is to talk to your veterinarian. It is helpful if you bring a list of questions to help get the conversation going.
Some things you may consider when making a decision are:
What Ticks are in your Area?
Some tick control products only protect against certain types of ticks. There are over 100 different species of tick so you need to know which ones you need to protect against. You can check out the Tick Identifier and choose your state to see which ticks and diseases your pet might be susceptible to.
Ask your vet which products they recommend for your specific location.
Does your dog only go outside to go potty or are they very social and go to dog parks? Every dog needs tick control because every dog is at risk. But your vet may take other factors into consideration when choosing the right tick control for you.
Some tick control options aren’t good to be used around cats so if you have both a cat and dog, you need to make sure that your dog uses tick control that is safe to be around cats.
Some flea and tick protection isn’t supposed to be used on puppies, ill or pregnant pets. Keep this in mind when speaking to your vet as well.
How Often is your Dog Groomed?
If your dog gets bathed often, you may want a waterproof option for tick control. The best option is to use an oral medication or one that is absorbed into the skin. This way you don’t have to worry about it coming off when you give your dog a bath.
Type of Application
Does your dog sit still when you give a topical application or will they do better with an oral medication? I personally do not like to use flea and tick collars because I don’t want my child or myself touching the chemicals. This is something to keep in mind when choosing your flea control.
I like using an oral medication like BRAVECTO® (fluralaner) because it is easier to give my dog.
BRAVECTO is the only chewable option for dogs for both fleas AND tick control and that lasts up to 12 weeks*
*BRAVECTO kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO also kills lone start ticks for 8 weeks. Go to Bravecto.com for full prescribing information.
BRAVECTO is FDA approved and is only available from your veterinary clinic. You can find more information on their Facebook page.
If you don’t have your dog on a tick control, now is the time to talk to your vet. If you do find a tick on your pet, you can find the proper way to remove a tick and information on how to check for ticks.
Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your pet just make sure they are protected from fleas and ticks for a happy and healthier pet.
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